Video Blog - Rare Keyboards at the Met

October 11, 2010

On a recent business trip to New York City, I got to spend a slice of free time at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, known to all as The Met. It was my first visit to the renowned museum, which is breathtaking in its vastness, its architectural beauty, and the depth and breadth of its collections. Once I got past oohing and ahhing at the brick-by-brick reassemblies of temples in the Egyptian exhibit (complete with chiseled graffiti from Napoleon's troops), I wondered "Hey, I'll bet they have some rare, early, and cool keyboard instruments in here." I wasn't disappointed.

As the Met allows still photos but not video, what follows was shot very discreetly on an iPhone 4. You can view the Met's easily searchable database of musical instruments HERE. If you can't see the videos below, CLICK HERE. We hope to be bringing you more coverage of these one-of-a-kind instruments, as we're talking to the Met about the possibility of an official, sanctioned video where someone actually plays them for us.


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